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Power of Affection

My wife was down with flu and severe headache this weekend. It was impossible for her to do anything. I saw her struggle to stand and go to the bathroom by herself. It was painful to see her that way. She already manifested symptoms Friday night. What I thought would get better over the weekend turned out to be worse.

Sorry my dear, had I paid more attention this would not have gone worse!

Sunday morning, I decided to prepare chicken noodles for her. While eating, I asked her if she can manage to take a bath by herself. Thank God she said yes! If she had said no, I might not know what to do. After breakfast, I prepared chopped raw garlic for her to take. You see, I found several remedies taking raw garlic. Garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I told her not to chew, and instructed her to take them as she would any pill. I asked her to take a rest or sleep, forbade her to read anything. Sleep my darling, close your eyes…you will feel better in no time.

She woke up shortly before mid day. I did notice limited sniffs and less watering in her eyes. She said she felt better and thinks her headache is gone. I asked her to have lunch if she feels like eating; I prepared beef ramen with carrots for her. I made sure everything was soft enough for her to take. She ate a bowl and was smiling at me afterwards. She asked me to come near her so she can wipe away sweat on my forehead. She saw me sweating from cooking and doing laundry at the same time. She asked me how I managed to do both at the same time? I simply told her, “I’m an Engineer remember”? She smiled, walked up to me and gave me a hug. I heard her whisper, “thank you darling for taking care of me”.

She gave me a hug and acknowledged what I did for her that day. To me the hug meant everything; more than a reward. I was proud of myself that morning because I took care of my wife when she needed me the most. I will never forget that smile!

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Scootermac wrote on June 30, 2014, 5:18 AM

I respect your multi-tasking skills, and your nursing skills. I wish you'd been around when I was sick recently - it took me ages to get over my flu.

PenFlavor wrote on June 30, 2014, 6:19 AM

Know what Robin, the garlic really helps! It also helps bring down cholesterol. But remember, DO NOT BITE IT; swallow like a pill. Glad you swung by today emoticon :smile:

JanetHunt wrote on June 30, 2014, 12:11 PM

That is very touching and glad she is better! Yes, never underestimate the power of affection! :)

DorothyGale wrote on July 1, 2014, 7:40 PM

You sound like an exceptionally caring husband, and I'm sure your wife appreciates all that you did for her. Have never tried garlic when sick ... did you just give her a clove and she swallowed it down? Or some other way?

PenFlavor wrote on July 2, 2014, 4:59 AM

I gave her a clove after slicing it up into thin short pieces that she can swallow dorothygale

AliCanary wrote on July 3, 2014, 12:01 PM

You are very nurturing. It's nice when couples take care of each other, instead of one always waiting on the other. My husband does a lot for me, so I honestly jump at the chance to tend him when he's not feeling well.

Javababe wrote on July 3, 2014, 6:01 PM

so touching and you are both lucky to have each other... glad she is feeling better :)

PenFlavor wrote on July 4, 2014, 4:14 AM

Thank you alicanary for your kind words. I guess the right time to build a successful marriage is now. I am equally thankful for my wife because she appreciates things I do for us. Glad you dropped by emoticon :smile:

PenFlavor wrote on July 4, 2014, 4:16 AM

She's not a 100% yet as her work requires them to do long hours; making her immune system susceptible to another bout of misery. I do hope she feels better this weekend emoticon :smile: Thanks javababe .

allen0187 wrote on July 10, 2014, 9:33 PM

That's a nice gesture on your part to take care of your wife while she was sick.

midastouch wrote on July 12, 2014, 12:49 AM

What God has joined together
sickness should not put asunder!!!!!

PenFlavor wrote on July 12, 2014, 6:52 AM

Thank you &theresawiza

PenFlavor wrote on July 12, 2014, 6:53 AM

She deserves to be cared for especially when not feeling well, thanks allen0187

vserrao1 wrote on July 12, 2014, 5:36 PM

you are a very caring and affectionate husband. You wife is lucky to have a man like you.

PriscillaKing wrote on July 16, 2014, 6:06 PM

My husband took care of me this way sometimes, and eventually I paid him back in kind. Love and Blessings to both of you.